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+ - ORNL 3D Prints Working Shelby Cobra Replica — President Obama Approves->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "In 2014, we saw the first 3D printed car by a company called Local Motors. Already in 2015, we have seen this company one-upped by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They have 3D printed a working Shelby Cobra replica, which looks and feels like the real thing. On top of this "the vehicle turned out to be half the weight, and three times as strong as the original Shelby Cobra, with increased performance and safety." President Obama and VP Joe Biden got the first look and they approved."
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+ - Peer-reviewed Study: MS Word is Superior to LaTeX

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A study recently published in PLOS ONE has compared MS Word to LaTeX and demonstrated that "...LaTeX users were slower than Word users, wrote less text in the same amount of time, and produced more typesetting, orthographical, grammatical, and formatting errors. On most measures, expert LaTeX users performed even worse than novice Word users... We conclude that even experienced LaTeX users may suffer a loss in productivity when LaTeX is used, relative to other document preparation systems. Individuals, institutions, and journals should carefully consider the ramifications of this finding when choosing document preparation strategies, or requiring them of authors."

Slashdot readers may also be interested in reading post-publication responses to the paper on PubPeer:"

+ - Doppler radar used by police to determine home occupancy->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "

"... Separately and as we alluded to earlier, the government brought with it a
Doppler radar device capable of detecting from outside the home the presence of
“human breathing and movement within.” All this packed into a hand-held unit
“about 10 inches by 4 inches wide, 10 inches long.” The government admits that
it used the radar before entering — and that the device registered someone’s
presence inside. It’s obvious to us and everyone else in this case that the
government’s warrantless use of such a powerful tool to search inside homes
poses grave Fourth Amendment questions. New technologies bring with them not
only new opportunities for law enforcement to catch criminals but also new risks
for abuse and new ways to invade constitutional rights. See, e.g., Kyllo v. United
States, 533 U.S. 27, 33-35 (2001) (holding that using warrantless thermal imaging
to show activity inside a home violated the Fourth Amendment). Unlawful
searches can give rise not only to civil claims but may require the suppression of
evidence in criminal proceedings. We have little doubt that the radar device
deployed here will soon generate many questions for this court and others along
both of these axes."

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+ - Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you live in a developed nation, you're probably pretty warm throughout most of the day. Enclosed spaces, thick clothing, and heating devices do a good job to keep the cold away. But this hasn't been the case for most of human history. Even in warmer climates, humans often had to deal with chilly nights and tough winters. That's where our metabolic system evolved, and now people are doing research to figure out if that's a better natural state for maintaining our health. One recent study found that "when people cool their bedrooms from 75 degrees to 66 degrees, they gain brown fat, the metabolically active fat that burns calories to generate heat." Another showed that "even after controlling for diet, lifestyle, and other factors, people who live in warmer parts of Spain are more likely to be obese than people who live in the cooler parts." The article talks about people letting their house temperatures drop into the 50s and wearing ice vests during the day, all in the name of further research."
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+ - License Plate Reader Technology Looks At Faces->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Police and private companies link facial recognition software to databases that track motorists.

The leading suppler of automated license plate reader technology in the US is expanding its offerings to law enforcement. Vehicle owners have already had their movements tracked by the company Vigilant Solutions, which boasts 2 billion entries in its nationwide database, with 70 million additional license plate photographs being added each month. Now passengers can also be tracked if they hitch a ride with a friend and are photographed by a camera aimed at the front of the car. The Livermore, California-based firm recently announced expanded integration of facial recognition technology into its offerings.

And the hits just keep on coming."

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+ - Researchers Discover an 'Off Switch' For Pain in the Brain-> 1

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists working together from several international universities have discovered that it is possible to block a pathway in the brain of animals suffering from neuropathic pain, which could have a huge impact on improving pain relief in humans.

So far, the most successful ways to treat chronic pain from a pharmacological point of view are to create drugs that that interact or interfere with various channels in the brain to decrease pain, including adrenergic, opioid and calcium receptors.

However, there is another way – a chemical stimulator called adenosine that binds to brain receptors to trigger a biological response.

Adenosine has shown potential for killing pain in humans, but so far, no one has managed to harness this pain pathway successfully without causing a myriad of side effects.

Led by Dr Daniela Salvemini of SLU, the researchers discovered that by activating the A3 adenosine receptor in the rodents' brains and spinal cords, the receptor was able to prevent or reverse pain from nerve damage (the cause of chronic pain)."

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Comment: it's the pulseaudio guy (Score 1) 613

by louden obscure (#47814055) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Um yeah, uh, no thanks. I hate pulseaudio, prolly cuz I didn't want it, it just showed up an upgrade or so ago on debian..
At least I can remove it and just rely on alsa, systemd prolly not so much. Quit fucking with debian. debian is not ubuntu. Why can't you just leave well enough alone? I'll just have to hang onto Wheezy as long as I can.

+ - A new class of plastics : recyclable thermosetting polymers.->

Submitted by RockDoctor
RockDoctor (15477) writes "Plastics which form by chemical reactions in the presence of heat are very useful. They can be very strong, and if you incorporate appropriate "filler" materials (chalk, glass fibre, carbon fibre), they can have very attractive engineering properties. But .. that chemical reaction makes them very difficult to recycle, because the new chemical formed during the reaction will often char before it melts. We're not talking about thermo-plastic polymers here (e.g. nylon, polypropylene, PET), but thermo-setting ones including epoxies, phenol-formaldehyde resins, etc.

But no more : an international team have discovered a new class of polymer-forming reactions that produce a thermo-setting polymer, but they can recover the initial components by digesting the polymer with moderately strong acid (pH 2 ; I'd wear gloves. And glasses.), so after a component is used and obsolete, or broken, it can be separated reasonably easily into it's original components (including valuable reinforcing materials, such as carbon fibre) and these then re-used. That is a pretty big step forward."

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+ - Debian switches to Xfce, ditches GNOME->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Debian will now benefit from the Xfce desktop environment as it is to switch from GNOME for Debian 8.0, codenamed “Jessie”. But GNOME may go back as the default if developers find it to be a better choice at the time of the evaluation, which will start around the point of DebConf (August 2014). “This will be re-evaluated before jessie is frozen (the switch to Xfce),” Hess said in the mailing list."
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+ - Politicians & Celebrities Personal Data Stolen in Limo Cloud Service Hack

Submitted by alphatel
alphatel (1450715) writes "In as yet another Plain Text hack, a company which handles bookings for Limousine companies through an online portal had user credit card, address and personal data exposed, including pickups and activities. These may be the same attackers who recently lifted PR Newswire and Adobe info from the same servers. Beyond the credit card data were important personal notes, including who to contact and what, if any, illicit activity may have occurred in the vehicles.

It must be interesting to have all your data exposed to a group of violent strangers, like the way the rest of the world is exposing itself to the NSA. Shoe, meet foot."

Comment: you can't win against the house (Score 1) 304

AT&T knew this would happen, my monthly DSL bandwidth has a soft cap of 150 GB with extra data charged @ $10/per additional 50 GB. AT&T thinks 5 gigs a day should be enough for anyone, my grand kids would beg to differ; they are very network intensive with Ipods and tablets and a roku box and video messaging and netflix and youtube and "grampa could you get us " which means a torrent download with appropriate uploading and more bandwidth...

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